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Philippine de Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

Aug 25, 2014

Philippine de Rothschild, grande dame of wine, dies at 80

Philippine de Rothschild, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, has died, her company said Sunday. She was 80. She died Friday in Paris “from the effects of a ...

Aug 24, 2014

Iran claims to have downed Israeli drone near Natanz nuclear site

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards say its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site. The Guards issued a statement on its website saying its forces fired a missile at the drone as it neared its uranium enrichment facility in ...

Poroshenko plans $3 billion boost for Ukraine's defense spending by 2017

Aug 24, 2014

Poroshenko plans $3 billion boost for Ukraine's defense spending by 2017

President Petro Poroshenko announced plans Sunday to boost his country’s defense spending by an estimated 50 percent as government forces seek to overpower pro-Russian separatists in the east. During a speech marking Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Poroshenko made his pledge ...

U.S. National Zoo puts on birthday bash for panda cub Bao Bao

Aug 24, 2014

U.S. National Zoo puts on birthday bash for panda cub Bao Bao

A rambunctious panda bear cub celebrated a rare first birthday with a special cake and traditional Chinese gifts at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington on Saturday. Bao Bao, a 44-pound female, is the second panda in the zoo’s history to live a full ...

Authorities shut down Beijing Independent Film Festival

Aug 24, 2014

Authorities shut down Beijing Independent Film Festival

Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening Saturday, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls. Li Xianting, a film critic and founder of ...

Protesters, police march side by side in Ferguson

Aug 24, 2014

Protesters, police march side by side in Ferguson

A diverse group of protesters, many of them children, marched peacefully Saturday as calm prevailed for a fourth straight day in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot by a white police officer, setting off more than a week of ...

Aug 24, 2014

Forces from Libyan city of Misrata say they seized Tripoli airport

Forces from the Libyan city of Misrata on Saturday seized Tripoli’s main airport after more than a month of fighting with a rival group, a Misrata spokesman said. Pictures on social media purportedly showed Misrata fighters celebrating at the terminal building and standing on ...

Aug 24, 2014

Iceland volcano eruption puts airlines on alert

Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe’s largest glacier, prompting the closure of nearby airspace. Thousands of small earthquakes have rattled the volcano, deep beneath the Vatnajokull glacier, in the last week. Seismic data show magma was melting ice beneath ...

Aug 24, 2014

U.K. police interview Cliff Richard over sex crime allegation

British police interviewed veteran singer Cliff Richard, one of the country’s most successful entertainers, on Saturday in connection with an alleged historic sex crime, his spokesman said. Richard, a household name in Britain since the 1950s through hits such as “Living Doll” and “Devil ...